Posts Tagged TechNet

Bytes by TechNet

If you missed TechEd North America this year, they launched a new initiative called Bytes by TechNet. I was lucky enough to get interviewed by Keith Combs from TechNet…Check out the interview here:

Alternatively find the entire interview on TechNet here

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Getting Your Windows 7 Problems Sorted

So we’re T-2 days away from the GA of the biggest OS launch in Microsoft’s history – Windows 7.  Everyone wants it, everyone is talking about it and everyone wants it to work in ways (Vista) other operating system’s didn’t.  They want continuity, they want security, they want they want – oh yeah, you want!  Well, in order to do that, we’re here to help.  The MVP’s, the MCT’s, Microsoft support and even you the community are helping each other in order to get the niggly bits sorted in ways they weren’t before.  So, what options do you have if you want support?  Well, let’s have a quick look:

Firstly, there’s Microsoft Answers:


It’s a forum for end users who have questions surrounding Windows 7.  My printer doesn’t seem to be detected…which is the best Anti-Virus programme to use…How does Aero Peek/Shake/Snap work…All the questions surrounding the daily usage of your OS in your private environment.

Next, we’ve got the TechNet Forums:


TechNet is for those of you who are IT Pros and looking for solutions as to how to deploy, better configure and better manage your IT infrastructure or estate at work.  Same topical matter, but with a different perspective as many who visit answers won’t have tools like SCCM, MDOP, MDT, be using BitLockerToGo or other enterprise tools.

Lastly, you can always visit our flagship location – one stop shop if you will – that has resource after resource after resource for helping you with the client OS needs.  Yep, you got it – Springboard!



Infact, you all should know it so well by now you don’t need the URL, but just in case you’ve never been there before:

Give these locations a once over and I’m sure you’ll have your answers and more information to be dangerous quicker than you can say Windows 7 Rocks!

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TechEd – Source Force & TechNet Online

We meet quickly with Jenny from the Source Force team and TechNet Online.

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Windows 7 RC – Today (soon)

windows7logo-thumb So, today is the day (if you have MSDN or TechNet) that you can get the RC of Windows 7 to try, test and enjoy until your heart is content.  If you don’t have an MSDN or TechNet subscription you should probably be asking yourself, why?  Look at all the benefits – better support, larger access to stuff as well as having access to the entire repertoire of Microsoft’s software.  WOW, all that for less than a round trip ticket across the US, and it’ll last a heck of a lot longer too!

At any rate, if you are a MSDN or TechNet subscriber, go get Windows 7’s RC today and tell us your experiences!

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Exchange 2010 Beta

Looking at that title, I did a bit of a double take as last year seemed like it was the year we had a Y2K problem, but nope, its 2009 today.  Exchange 2010 is now available for testers in Beta 1’s release.  Obviously it’s still early days and there will be more changes no doubt (the size of the file is only 300 MB), but for those who want to get the technical jumpstart, here’s a few links:

Download Exchange 2010 Beta

TechNet – What’s New in Exchange 2010

TechNet – Exchange 2010 Prelim Documentation


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RichCopy – Robocopy on steroids

This month’s TechNet utility comes to us from the vaults of the internal gurus and their tools.  Meet RichCopy:

…The tool was first developed in 2001 and has been updated regularly to keep pace with evolving needs….Rather than copying one file at a time in serial order, RichCopy can open multiple threads simultaneously, allowing many files to be copied in parallel and cutting the total time required to complete the operation several times over. You can also pause and resume file copy operations, so if you lose network connectivity at any point, you can just pick up where you left off.

Read more here

Download the tool here

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IPD Guides Galore!!!

As part of the Solution Accelerator program on TechNet, more Infrastructure and Planning and Design (IPD) Guides have been released and even better yet, there is one BIG zip file containing all of them as a single download.

The IPD guide series gives you architectural guidance for Microsoft infrastructure products. The IPD guides help clarify and streamline design processes for Microsoft infrastructure technologies, with each guide addressing a unique infrastructure technology or scenario. Learn more about Infrastructure Planning and Design guides.

Click here to download the entire IPD series

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DPM Virtual Labs

One of the great FREE resources that is part of TechNet is their virtual labs.  Data Protection Manager 2007 has recently had three new virtual labs added and can give you the jump start you might need in order to implement it or get to know it better.  Go have a poke and a prod yourself and try out DPM…You’ll like what it has to offer!

Technical Introduction to DPM 2007 SP1 – a good basic start, with protection and recovery of Exchange 2007 and SQL Server 2005

How to protect SQL Server with DPM 2007 SP1 – more focused on deeper scenarios, including some data migration from SQL 2005 to SQL 2008

How to protect SharePoint with DPM 2007 SP1 – here is your chance to see whole farm protection, with single item restore – nuff said!

Watch soon too for "How to protect Exchange with DPM 2007 SP1" supposedly coming in May

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TechNet April 2009 Released


In a world where we are using less and less paper (and in the UK you aren’t going to even be able to get a print version), TechNet April 2009 has been released.

Some topics covered:

  • – IE8
  • – Active Directory
  • – OCS
  • – Windows HPC Server 2008

Go check it out! (small note, they might want to change the ALT tag on the magazine – DOH!)

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TechNet Virtual Labs…You Seen Them?

If you like technology but don’t have a lot of time to test it but want to see what it is like, you need to check out the TechNet Virtual Labs:

It’s a set of ready-built applications and labs for you to test whatever it is might be burning for you to test, but you don’t think you’ve actually got time to set it all up or you don’t have the gear to test it.

Go ahead, go over and try it today!

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